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Further History of WMFA - Our Founders
AKO decided to drop the minor football program at the end of the 1985
season. They said it took too many resources to run (it was too much work)
A group of coaches got together and asked AKO if they would donate the
equipment to us because we didn’t want the program to come to an end but
We went to the original founder of Minor football (1952) Jack Forrest and our
strategy was, to get him to ask for the equipment. When he turned the
league over to AKO, he gave them all the equipment so he was going to ask
for it back and then was going to donate it to us. They refused.
The committee was formed and we started fundraising. First thing we did
was approach Wintario for a grant and they informed us that they would do
a matching program but wouldn’t just give us the money.
We fortunately had a connection for bingos at Brentwood through Mike McKenzie (Police)
and Doug Topliffe (Firefighters) and got 3 giant bingos scheduled.
Those same two were able to get a commitment from their respective unions to
donate $5000 each. We did car washes, 50-50 draws and then approached
sponsors. We also had single player sponsorships and had everything from
bail bonds company’s to pizzerias. For $100 you could have your company
name appear on the back of a player’s jersey and sold over 100 of those.
Mal Hodges was great at convincing (strong arming) defense lawyers that it
would be a great idea to support WMFA. (if they ever needed a favour)
We had what we thought was enough money to buy the equipment when
Wintario said it would take 3 to 4 months before we’d see a cheque. They
guaranteed us that we were approved but it would take time that we didn’t
have. Doug Topliffe went to his bank and took out a 2 nd mortgage for
$15,000 to cover the costs and we bought the gear. He was eventually paid
back once the grant arrived which was more than a match so we actually
had a small bank account for officials and operations.
The first season went of very well and expansion took place almost
immediately after. We continued with bingo’s and fundraisers to buy enough
equipment for the growth.
The rest as they say, is history. NOTE: Joe Papia who was one of the second
or third presidents was instrumental in starting the Atom division and all-
star games between us and London. That’s when I came back and coached
one of the first teams. (Danny and Jessica along with Kyle Quinlan were on